Info updated January 18th, 2021
The health and well being of our community is a priority and we are working to share info being provided by our County Chamber, Health Department, State Orders as well as National organizations guidelines.
MDHHS has issued COVID-19 Public Health Orders regarding requirements about face coverings for the public, gathering limitations, and other public health concerns. Please visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus for information on
these public health orders. The requirements in this presentation are required by MIOSHA Emergency Rules for COVID-19. See what the requirements for all workplaces are in the COVID-19 Employer Guidelines.pdf
In an effort to continue to support small businesses, the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program will provide funding to eligible small businesses disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the Gatherings and Mask Order issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Service on December 7, 2020 through December 20, 2020 and the order taking effect on November 18, 2020 that it rescinded and replaced. The application to apply is now open and will close on Friday, January 22 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST.
Businesses must meet the following eligibility requirements:
• Had 1 to 100 employees (including full-time, part-time, and owner/employees) on a world-wide basis on November 17, 2020.
• Is in an industry that demonstrates it is affected by the MDHHS epidemic orders.
• Needs working capital to support payroll expenses, rent, mortgage payments, utility expenses, or other similar expenses.
• Can demonstrate an income loss as a result of the Order as determined by the EDO in which an eligible business is located.
• Is not a live music and entertainment venue that is eligible for the Michigan Stage Survival grant program.
• EDO’s will also have discretion on grant awards up to the maximum of $20,000 for businesses that are fully closed and $15,000 to businesses that have been partially closed, or otherwise are open and can demonstrate an impact.
Businesses are encouraged to create an account in Connect Space in advance of the application opening or may already have an account. Click “Sign Up Now” to create an account. A connect Space account is required to apply and only applications submitted online will be accepted. Physical or emailed copies of the application will not be accepted.
Employee Assistance Grant Application
Now Open For Employees of Industry Affected by MDHHS Gathering & Mask Order
Employee Assistance Grants are designed to provide support to employees impacted by the MDHHS Gathering & Face Mask Order. The MI Restaurant & Lodging Association Educational Foundation is administering this grant program. The application opened Friday, January 15 at 9 am.
The application closes at 5 pm on Monday, January 24.
The grants are not on a first-come, first-served basis and the application is open for submissions during the entire 10-day period.
Employees working in the following industries qualify:
Restaurants, Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfast, Resorts, Bars, Food Trucks, Bowling Alleys, Theaters, Nightclubs, Golf Courses, Banquet Halls, Caterers, Casinos, Cafeterias, Other impacted industries
Michigan Stages Survival Grant Application
Opens Thursday, January 21 at 9 am
The Michigan Stages Survival Grant Program will provide a total of $3.5 million in one-time grants of up to $40,000 to eligible entertainment and live music venues throughout Michigan that have realized a significant financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency declarations.The application to apply will open at 9 am on Thursday, January 21The application closes at 12 pm on Thursday, January 28The Michigan Independent Venue and Promoter Association (MIVPA) will be responsible for accepting, reviewing, and approving applications. The MSF will then distribute the grant funds based on the recommendation of the MIVPA.
Live music and entertainment venues are defined as businesses/organizations that produce and/or present live, disciplined-based performance experiences, to promote and provide connections through creative expression by sharing creative experiences, expressing our own creativity, or connecting us with others and ourselves.
Venues must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
• Be located in the state of Michigan
• Produce and/or present live, disciplined-based performance experiences
• Demonstrate at least 33% of 2019 gross revenues are from the sale of tickets for live music or entertainment events OR receive at least 70% of its earned revenue through cover charges or ticket sales, production fees or productions reimbursements, non-profit educational initiatives, or the sale of event beverages, food or merchandise.
• Demonstrate second-quarter revenues from April 1-June 30, 2020 were not greater than 10% of second-quarter revenue from April 1-June 30, 2019
• Employ less than 30 full-time employees
• Existed prior to February 29, 2020
• Not owned and operated in more than two states
• Not owned and operated with offices in more than one country.
Work Share Employer Q&A Session
The Unemployment Insurance Agency’s Work Share Team is hosting a Q&A session on Thursday, January 21 from 2pm to 3pm.
These informative webinars are for employers interested in the Work Share program, a program that allows businesses to restart their business and bring employees back from unemployment.
Click here to join the session.
Tax Assistance Provided to Certain Businesses
Businesses that require social gatherings for customers and have experienced disrupted operations due to COVID-19 epidemic orders now have even more time to make monthly or quarterly sales, use and withholding tax payments, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Restaurants that depend on indoor dining and most entertainment and recreational venues scheduled to make sales, use, and withholding tax payments for December 2020 and January 2021 or for the last quarter of 2020 can postpone filing and payment requirements until Feb. 20, 2021. The state Treasury Department will waive all penalties and interest for 33 days.
Specific information about Treasury providing continued tax assistance to affected businesses can be found in “Notice: Penalty and Interest Waived for 33 Days for Certain Monthly and Quarterly Sales, Use and Withholding Returns due January 20, 2021.”
The waiver is not available for accelerated sales, use or withholding tax filers. Businesses with questions about this tax assistance should call 517-636-6925. The 2020 Sales, Use and Withholding Tax Annual Return (Form 5081) remains due to Feb. 28, 2021.
ATTN: Small Business Owners! Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative
The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative will utilize federal CARES Act funding to provide $10 million in grants to meet the urgent need of Michigan small businesses disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus. Applications for businesses to apply will open on December 15, 2020.
Grant Information for Small Businesses
The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative (“Initiative”) will disburse an aggregate of $10 million in grant funding to eligible small businesses in Michigan. Applications will open at 9:00 A.M ET on December 15, 2020 and will be reviewed on a “first-in” basis
MEDC expects to fund approximately 650 small businesses with the funding allocated.
Prior to December 15, businesses can prepare for the application process by reviewing the following information:
Click for Eligibility requirements & more
Sign up for notifications TODAY so your business is ready to apply for Regional Resiliency Fund grants:
Venture North created the The Regional Resiliency Fund to help businesses through Covid-19. The RRF distributes grants valued up to $5,000 to small businesses in Northwest Lower Michigan. Venture North is actively working to grow the fund so we can provide resources for our community.
The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund is providing small grants for employees in the restaurant and lodging industry. Donate to the fund or see if you qualify, here.
Venture North’s Professional Service Provider Program ensures their clients have referrals and access to business technical assistance throughout loan repayment. View our partners.
Resources & Guidelines for Business
To learn more about how employers and employees can prepare for and address the impacts of the Coronavirus, see the following:
Resources from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
For additional information and resources, visit https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/coronavirus
Leelanau County/Benzie Health Department
Anyone who needs a test can get one. Go to Benzie—Leelanau District Health Department for testing site locations.
Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department released new guidance for visitors to region, social gatherings, and updated toolkits. Find these resources at their website.
Local Testing Locations & Procedures
From Michelle Klein, Benzie-Leelanau District Health Department:
- Northwest Michigan Health Services, Traverse City Office: Call 231-642-5292. They are very busy, so be patient! No doctor’s order needed if no symptoms. A physician’s order is needed if you do have symptoms. If you don’t have a doctor, you can do a telehealth visit with one of their providers.
- Foster Family Community Health Center (Munson facility): Physician Order needed. Physician sends them the order and they will then call the patient for an appointment.
- Rite-Aid, Chums Corners: Appointment needed, no physician order required.
- The Walk-in Clinic: Go to www.thewalkinclinic.biz and schedule an appointment (usually same day). When you arrive for your appointment time, call them from the parking lot and they will register you over the phone, conduct a telehealth visit, and come out to do the testing.
- There are a few health care providers that are collecting specimens as well, so people can check with their personal physicians as well
Contact [email protected] by email to request an invitation to the weekly Zoom meetings open to County Business Owners.
Benzie-Leelanau Health Department reopening information for businesses: http://www.bldhd.org/coronavirus-covid-19. Scroll down to bottom of page to “Businesses and Employees Information”
Michigan Chamber Business Webinars (create free account to access): https://webinars.michamber.com/on-demand-webinars
Go to Leelanau Chamber website (www.leelanauchamber.com) for updated Covid-19 resources; Sign up to be a member for e-blasts.
“Buy Local, Buy Leelanau” marketing campaign – Contact Jamie at the Leelanau Chamber ([email protected]) to share your business info for the campaign.
Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation
Leelanau Peninsula Economic Foundation (LPEF)
Seasonal workforce housing:
The Sleeping Bear Gateways Council recently completed a survey of Benzie and Leelanau business owners to determine their seasonal workforce housing needs/gaps. The Council is currently developing a “workforce housing exchange” based on feedback from business owners during the survey process. An executive summary of the project is attached. If you are interested in getting involved in this issue, please contact Bill Witler at (314) 941-6389 or [email protected]
Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore:
Reports that this was the busiest July on record! Currently transitioning into fall planning, which could include collaboration with local schools to incorporate the park in distance learning activities.
Brayton Farr with State Savings Bank can confirm large demand for housing inventory (rent or buy) as people look to move or stay longer locally. Available housing stock is very limited and appraisals are delayed. Demand is definitely outpacing supply.
Jobs in Leelanau County:
Job seekers and employers looking to hire can find a helpful resource in Michelle Socha, Northwest Michigan Works. Michelle knows Leelanau well, is friendly and trusted, and can make this complicated process easier for job seekers and/or employers. She can be reached via phone at (231) 620-8170 or [email protected]
Where to find PPE locally?
Northern Latitude has liquid hand sanitizer by the gallon; Northern Janitorial Supply in Traverse City has general stock available; Walmart Online has general PPE stock available.
Paycheck Protection Program Locally, Honor Bank and TBA Credit Union are accepting applications from any business, regardless of whether or not you are a customer. Contact info below:
- Honor Bank: Contact Max Anderson, office: 231-639-1703, cell: 231-645-0316, email: [email protected]
- TBA Credit Union: Contact Chris Milliron, office: 231-946-7090 x7182, email: [email protected]
Also, mBank, State Savings Bank, and West Shore Bank may accept applications, from existing clients only.
Share your business on the Chamber’s social media! We want to hear from you.
Tell us what you are doing with Photos and Videos and we’re happy to share it on our social media accounts, primarily though Facebook!
- Send us a blurb on your adaptations and strategies, along with a photo, video, or two, to Sue Boucher for posting on the Glen Lake Chamber Facebook page. There are some great stories to share!
- Or, if you’ve posted to your own Facebook page, let Sue know so that she can then “share” your post, as the Chamber.
- Add the tag #glenarborstrong in your posts
The Leelanau Enterprise
SANDWICH BOARD SIGNAGE:
Social distancing signs can be ordered through the Leelanau Enterprise. Price varies. Contact to order/pick up: (231) 256-9827
Listings to share business updates are being published in the Leelanau Enterprise. The listings run in the Enterprise each week and are updated a couple times a week on social media.
Contact the Publisher, John Elchert, with your updates at [email protected]
Glen Arbor Sun
Local stories from around Leelanau County can be found on glenarborsun.com